Boeing to pay families of Ethiopian Airlines crash victims Ksh.15M


Boeing to pay families of Ethiopian Airlines crash victims Ksh.15M
FILE PHOTO | VOA Demonstrators hold pictures of the plane crash victims during a vigil on the six-month anniversary of the crash of a Boeing 737 Max 8, killing 157 people, in Ethiopia, outside of the Department of Transportation, in Washington, Sept. 10, 2019.

Boeing has announced that families of those killed in the Ethiopian Airlines crash will be paid Ksh. 15million each.

The airline company said the deadline for submitting claims is December 31 this year.

“Families will not be required to sign away their rights to sue in order to claim compensation from Boeing’s fund,” Boeing said on Monday as quoted by CBS News.

The compensation fund is for each person who died in the Ethiopian Airlines crash in March this year as well as the Indonesian accident in October 2018.

Ken Feinberg, who according to CBS news oversaw compensation for victims of the September 11, 2001, however expressed concerns over how they would locate families in 35 countries.

“Finding all of these heirs and making sure the funds will be safe and secure will be a real challenge,” he said as quoted by Reuters.

Reports indicate that nearly 100 lawsuits have been filed against Boeing since the crashes occurred.

Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg on Monday expressed ‘deepest sympathies’ to families who lost their kin, even as he intimated that he hopes the 737 MAX 8 model will resume operations in October.

The model was grounded in March following the two fatal crashes.

The Federal Aviation Administration however said it is up to each country to determine whether to allow the Boeing 737 MAX 8 will be allowed into their air space.

 

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